There is a gem from Trinidad and Tobago I admit I have overlooked for years. My articles are normally focused on reggae and dancehall and not so much soca, which explains why I had possibly overlooked Nailah Blackman. Nailahâ€™s recent hit â€˜Slow Wineâ€™ features Konshens and the video has fans (including myself) drooling over the Trinidadian songstress.
The Precision Records track comes off Bittersweet Riddim and has the bombshell strutting her stuff in her sultry video. Konshens takes a back seat in the track allowing Nailah to shine. Nailah hits all the right notes musically showcasing her unique vocals on top of her sexy dance moves.
Nailah was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and took up the family business so to speak in going the music route. Her grandfather Garfield Blackman also known as Ras Shorty is credited with inventing Soca music as well as Jamoo. Abbi Blackman, her mother, is an accomplished Calypso artist from back in the day so it was no surprise Nailah took up music. Her aunt is also in the business and is the lead singer of Christafari, a Los Angeles based reggae band. Nailah writes her music as well as playing the guitar and piano.
Nailah burst onto the soca scene in 2016 and had success with tracks like Runaway Train, Workout and Faded. She rose to real prominence in 2017 after collaborating with heavyweights such as Kes and Jamaicaâ€™s starlet Shenseea in Badishh. She collaborated with Shenseea again to good effect in 2019 in We Ready (Champion Gyal).
Miss Blackman exudes confidence and her lively fun-spirited jams including Boujee, will have you paying more attention to her as well as the genre.
If you think of Barbados, you probably think of Rihanna and I would say Nailah for Trinidad and Tobago. The songstress has bag loads of talent and is probably one song away from making it huge internationally. Look out for this soca goddess. She is definitely worth your time.